Our husband, father and grandfather, passed away peacefully at the Altona Hospital during the evening of September 28th, following a brief period of illness.
Albert’s trademark in life was the pursuit of everything with commitment and enthusiasm – regardless of skill level. Through the years of golfing, curling, snowmobiling, camping, woodworking, gardening, power walking, and numerous other pursuits, he jumped into each new challenge with a desire to learn and conquer.
In recent years, Albert found opportunities to spend more time on his greatest passions – being the preservation of Mennonite history and the sustainability of Southern Manitoba communities, particularly Altona. He worked extensively on the Altona Archive, on numerous community boards, and served on local community government. His support and commitment to MCC took on new importance and meaning in his final years, when his greatest joy came from the work and experiences of serving at the MCC Store in Altona. He enjoyed serving the community with so many other people in this way, and looked forward to each week’s scheduled shifts with great anticipation.
Albert will be missed by his wife of 62 years, Marie Schmidt, as well as his children and their families. He was pre-deceased by an infant son in 1967. His life as a teacher taught so many, but those closest to him will cherish the example he provided for the tireless pursuit of one’s passions.
The family is holding a private memorial service to celebrate Albert’s life, and encourages friends to commemorate his life by making a contribution to MCC in his name.